BioWare has announced the latest playable planet for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Alderaan - an lovely place to hide your bastard children from their corrupted, guilt-crazed fathers.

The planet of Alderaan wasn't always a smoldering cloud of debris. No, back in the day it was a lovely, peaceful planet - perhaps the closest thing in the galaxy to a Utopian society. Then the Great War occurred, and the Sith tried to invade, and while the Republic handed the Empire their asses, the face of Alderaan changed forever. The peaceful rulers began to support talk of war; the crown prince was assassinated for storming out of the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant; and now everything is up in the air.

It looks like Alderaan will be a contested planet in the massively multiplayer online game, with players on both sides fighting against each other for a planet that will one day be used as Death Star target practice.

Holonet - Alderaan [Star Wars: The Old Republic]

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic

Alderaan Makes Its Explosive Debut In The Old Republic